Small japanese house design Part 4

Small japanese house design Part 4

In this fourth installation of the series on small japanese house design, the house we are featuring is the Nakaikegami project designed by Milligram Studio.

This can be considered to be a nano house as it is only 374 sq ft in size. However, due to smart dividing of the high ceiling into a living area, the total floor area has increased to 964 sqft.

Nakaikegami small japanese house design

Nakaikegami japanese house design

The exterior shows clearly the challenges in designing for such a tall but narrow space. Not only that, you will also notice a lack of openings at the sides of the home for natural light to penetrate through. This is because of the fact that the home has been squeeze by taller building on its side so the placement of windows will not allow much light into the home, not the mention the lost of privacy.

Nakaikegami roof design
Nakaikegami living room design

Nakaikegami living room design

Upon entering into the home, you will notice an open space that is surprising large AND bright. This is achieved through a very clever piece of architectural design. The designer ‘slice’ the roof at a certain angle to allow more light into the home than would otherwise be possible if the roof is flat. This difference made it possible for the house to have plenty of light coming into the home.

Another piece of clever piece of design can be seen by the way the open space has been divided into living room and kitchen with the use of a raised platform. Such a division method doesn’t require the use of partition that would otherwise made the space feels much smaller. The raised platform also serve as storage that can hold many items.

Something that is not noticeable from the images above is the space saving kitchen top. The kitchen table top can actually be pulled out to form either a dining table or another kitchen work area. When not in used, this can be slide back in to conserve space.

Nakaikegami bedroom design

Nakaikegami bedroom design

On the second floor of this nano house, you can find the bedroom. In another smart move, the designer used the slanting roof as the wall, rather than building a separate partition. Turning this so called limitation into a strength shows how important a good design is to a small house.

Main takeovers:

  • If natural light through the side of the house is not possible, consider the use of the roof
  • Think of dividing an open space without the use of a partition to avoid cluttering the house
  • Use dual function furniture that space space
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